|Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future|
'Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future' (1960) 14m, director uncredited. In an interview with Woodrow Wyatt, Lord Russell envisions an organized and static world. He also points out man's capability, through education and self - knowledge, to abolish war, poverty and disease.
|Frames of Reference - Richard Leacock|
This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.
Keywords: physics; science; PSSC
Downloads: 64,939 (6 reviews)
|Fiddler, The - Tom Roades|
'The Fiddler' (1975) 20m, dir. Marshall Riggan. This amazing film showcases an elderly East Texas fiddle maker and his wife. After his hand-crafted fiddle is finished, we discover that he's an amazing country fiddler, too. This 'lost' film was produced by Riggan for a religious organization. Later, under new management, the organization apparently decided that the film was more profane than sacred, and discarded or destroyed all remaining prints.
Downloads: 4,025 (4 reviews)
|Happy City, The - William Deneen Productions|
Sponsored by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Bill Deneen traveled three days by bullock cart to the remote leper colony run by Father Cesare Columbo in Ken Tung (Kyiang Tong), Burma. Intended to be a film to be used for fundraising, the film is a fascinating documentary about a humanitarian effort that would soon be terminated by the Burmese government, as shortly after the film was made, Columbo was deported, never to return...
Keywords: Burma; Myanmar; leprosy; Hansen's Disease; Cesare Colombo
Downloads: 67,744 (3 reviews)
|Crisis in Levittown - Lee Bobker/Lester Becker|
The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
Keywords: african-american; black; racism; housing; urban
|Iran - Claude Lelouch|
Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently was sponso...
Keywords: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque
Downloads: 28,986 (2 reviews)
|Farm Family in Winter. - Thomas G Smith|
Shows family life on a modern farm in winter. Describes the care and feeding of livestock kept on a farm in winter. Here, farm life continues at a vigorous pace, in spite of restrictions of inclement weather, as a farm family complete the work of harvest and prepare for the renewal of the growing cycle in spring. The story is told in first person by the grandfather, at Gerald "Red" Markham's farm near the town of Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin...
|Unicycle: Looking at My World - Dan Bessie|
'Unicycle: Looking at My World' (1976) 15m, dir. Dan Bessie. The world of 15 year old unicyclist Tony Marienthal includes visits to assist the elderly, learning new juggling tricks, and trying to make it home for supper. The film is a wonderful, idyllic "day in the life" film of a teen-ager. It's also somewhat bittersweet, as Tony Marienthal, who wanted his baby son to see this film, died at the young age of 51...
|Maya Are People - Les Mitchel|
Many explorer-adventurer hosts of historical/cultural films viewed their subjects as "objects" (e.g. C. Ernest Cadle and Carveth Wells), their colonialist attitudes seeping precariously through the safety-film. Not so the wonderful and forgotten Les Mitchel, who arrives in the Lacandon area of the Yucatan, shows the chief Obregon K’in (of Agua Azul village, Palenque) how to fire a pistol, takes him on a plane-ride to view his ancestral ruins at Palenque...
Keywords: Lacandon; Obregon; Palenque; Les Mitchel
Downloads: 5,464 (2 reviews)
|Farm Family in Autumn - Thomas G Smith|
On Red Markham's farm near Whitewater, Wisconsin, son Steve tells his story: through the woods, taking a school bus, how muddy fields impact harvesting, canning jam, making jack-o-lanterns, and watching a dairy truck collect milk. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: " In the 1970s, the Markham family enjoyed national fame for a brief period when the popular children’s TV show, “Captain Kangaroo” aired film clips from these films on CBS network...
|Facts About Projection - Robert Edmonds|
An old-timey set-up & projection techniques film, set in a school classroom. This film teaches the young projectionist how to put on a good show, and not trip over the cord while doing so.
Keywords: projector; 16mm; Bell & Howell
Downloads: 5,609 (2 reviews)
|Trio, The - Rudolf Pok? or Bernard Luber?|
‘Trio’ (1953?) 30m, dir. Irving Reis or Jules Dassin. Landmark musical performances were a staple of early television, but unfortunately many of the early examples have been destroyed. This extremely rare film documents cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, violinist Jascha Heifetz, and pianist Artur Rubenstein. Somewhat stilted in the way only early television can be, it nevertheless showcases the techniques and personalities of three of the 20th century’s greatest musicians.
|Romp, The - Wills Simms|
A wild film made by Simms’ Animated Art class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, focusing on galloping, flying, and growling animals, and features a fascinating abstract art sequence, with music by the Hughes Jr. High Stage Band, conducted by Elliot Myro. A second Simms film, 'Progress?'follows 'The Romp. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Keywords: student-made film
|Close-up on the Planets - Charles L. Finance|
Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
|Journey to the Center of a Triangle - Bruce And Katharine Cornwell|
'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm
Keywords: mathematics; science
Downloads: 21,211 (3 reviews)
|Comets: time capsules of the solar system - Charles L. Finance|
Combines beautiful animation sequences with live-action and documentary photography for a dramatic exploration of the role comets play in scientific research.
|Centinelas del Silencio - Robert Amran|
The real star here is the late aerial photographer James Freeman, whose breathtaking helicopter shots of Mayan and Aztec ruins at sunrise and sunset won an Academy Award for this film in 1971. Although the English version was narrated by Orson Welles, the Spanish version, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, is in better keeping with the ethnic aspect of the film, and no knowledge of Spanish is needed to appreciate his dramatic impact...
Keywords: Maya; Aztec; helicopter; Chichen Itza; Monte Alban; Tulum; Toltec; Uxmal; Palenque
Downloads: 7,775 (2 reviews)
|Baja California: the Pacific Coast of Mexico - Silas Johnson|
Johnson is another "lost filmmaker, who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
Keywords: Santa Tomas; Magdalena; Tortuga; Baja; Cabo San Lucas; Ensenada
Downloads: 38,115 (4 reviews)
|Coulomb's Law - Richard Leacock|
Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl, pla...
Downloads: 6,842 (2 reviews)
|Hangman - Paul Julian|
A cynical look at how humankind loves to feed others into the death machine, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey
Keywords: animation; death; horror
Downloads: 16,297 (5 reviews)
|Congruent Triangles - Bruce and Katharine Cornwell|
Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct...
Keywords: mathematics, science
Downloads: 19,375 (5 reviews)
|Japan - Miracle in Asia - William Deneen|
Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window...
Keywords: Japan Asia, industrial
Downloads: 4,345 (1 review)
|Michelangelo - John Barnes|
(EB 1965 W/D/P/CO-C with Joseph Ambor, edited by Charles Hasse, made in Italy; ) Director John Barnes presents the story of Michelangelo: the pressures of the art-centered world of his time that used his talents in painting, architecture, and engineering in spite of his desire to be only a sculptor. The film discusses examples of his success in stone through such works as Bacchus, David, Victory, Moses, the Pieta, and the Dying Captive, as well as his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel...
Keywords: art; Renaissance; sculpture
|Birch Canoe Builder - Frank Paine|
'Birch Canoe Builder' (1970) 20m, dir. Craig Hinde. Presents a study of the life of 80 year old Bill Hafeman, of Big Fork, MN, a woodsman and craftsman, who builds canoes from birch bark, cedar planks and spruce roots in the traditional Indian way, utilizing neither nails nor glue. Shows him constructing a canoe accompanied by his wife, Violet, as he describes his life in the forest environment and reflects on the importance of preserving ecological order.
Keywords: Native American craft; afana; canoe
|Je Parle Français, Lessons 1-13 - Milan Herzog|
The 'Je Parle Français' series of French Language Instruction films was filmed in 1960-61 and produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Film's Milan Herzog in conjunction with Otterbein College professor La Velle Rosselot, and Georges Matoré, Dean of the Language & Civilization Dept, Sorbonne. Rosselot was the prime educational consultant and curriculum developer for the film project. Her father was a history professor at Otterbein, and her brother Gerald was one of the founders of Scientific Atlan...
Keywords: Encyclopedia Britannica; Milan Herzog; Language Instruction; French
|Silent Snow, Secret Snow - Gene Kearney|
Alienation, angst, and schizophrenia are powerful themes addressed by Kearney in this forgotten masterpiece. From a story by Conrad Aiken.
Keywords: schizophrenia; teen angst
Downloads: 17,611 (16 reviews)
|Dong Kingman - James Wong Howe|
This exceptional film shows painter Kingman at work in New York's Chinatown, shot by master cinematographer James Wong Howe.
Keywords: art; painting; Chinese
Downloads: 5,397 (1 review)
|The Stonecutter - Gerald McDermott|
The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts...
Keywords: Animation; Japan; folktale
Downloads: 9,282 (5 reviews)
|French and Indian War, The: Seven Years' War in America - William Deneen|
This film uses a large collection of paintings on the French and Indian War to offer a vivid and realistic picture of key episodes, places, and people. It explains some of the differences between French and English colonial policy and ways of life, depicting the battle for Quebec in detail, including the deaths of Montcalm and Wolfe.The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.
Keywords: french and indian war; US History; Encyclopedia Britannica
|Deep Blue World - Ken Rudolph|
Presents an underwater fantasy. Studies the deep blues which gives the feeling of going down in an almost endless descent. Shows the beauty and gloriousness of the flower - life sea anemones. Concludes by showing the blues of the upper waters. Music by Jerry Garcia. For more on director Ken Rudolph, visit http://www.afana.org/rudolphken.htm
Keywords: academic film; underwater photography
|Protein Synthesis: an Epic on the Cellular Level - Kent Wilson|
Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at Stanfor...
Keywords: protein; DNA; RNA
|The Living City - John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica|
Nominated for an Academy Award, this film by John Barnes surveys the need for redevelopment of American cities and the forces which have created problems in urban areas; describes obstacles which deter the elimination of blighted areas and tenements and the relief of traffic congestion. The film includes scenes of St. Louis in 1890, and of present-day housing and building programs in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh...
Keywords: urban redevelopment
|Shaw vs. Shakespeare I: The Character of Caesar - John Barnes|
This is the first film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, considered by experts to be among the finest educational films ever made. Here is wonderful introduction to Barnes as an insightful and witty interpreter of Shakespeare on film, the opening film of the triptych focusing on George Bernard Shaw’s belief that, although Shakespeare’s play was superior to his own, the treatment of the character of Caesar was not...
Keywords: Geoge Bernard Shaw; Shaw; Shakespeare; Moffat; Kiley; Grossman
|Mexican Village Life - Paul Hoefler Productions|
Here, Willard Hahn travels to the village of San Diego de Tecoltepec, 6 miles from Toluca. He focuses on the harvesting of maguey juice, the washing of clothes in-stream, and the town’s water cistern, as the village has no running water. The villagers board a beautiful old bus to take their goods to the nearby market in Toluca, and walk home to avoid paying the fare of several centavos.
Keywords: Mexico, Toluca, maguey, bus
|Basic Brown, Basic Blue - Homer Groening|
Ever wonder how Matt Groening of 'The Simpsons' got his quirky sense of humor? Probably from his filmmaker dad, Homer Groening, who passed away in 1996. Although known for his documentaries, Homer Groening directed and narrated this film, ostensibly about color, but filled with an ongoing series of bikini-clad bathing beauties. The film is perhaps best viewed as a graphic artifact that will interest media historians seeking additional insight into the elements that influenced the cartoonist.
Downloads: 34,644 (2 reviews)
|Portable Phonograph, The - John Barnes|
An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which four men who have survived a catastrophic war share memories of their past lives and a civilization which no longer exists. Here, a vintage recording of Debussy's Nocturne played by Walter Gieseking becomes the vehicle by which four lovers of the humanities hover together in a cold post-apocalyptic shack of sandbags to mourn weekly over lost art and loves gone by...
|Encore un Hiver - Françoise Sagan|
This wonderful film focuses on an older woman waiting on a park bench on a cold winter day for a lover who returns every year. Directed by Françoise Sagan, author of Bonjour Tristesse.
Keywords: France; elderly; romance
Downloads: 3,840 (1 review)
|Music from Oil Drums - Toshi and Peter Seeger|
Long unavailable, this film presents Pete Seeger (who wrote a manual for playing steel drums) visiting steel drum makers and players in Trinidad. We found the process of tuning the pans particularly interesting.
Downloads: 4,140 (1 review)
|Story into film : Clark's ThePortable Phonograph - John Barnes|
On camera, director John Barnes demonstrates how Walter Van Tilburg Clark's short story 'The Portable Phonograph' was adapted to make a motion picture. Barnes alternates between reading passages from the story and showing film interpretations of the same scene, describing the differences between the actual story and the screenplay. For more on John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
'Barking Plate' (1974) 10m, uncredited director. This was a remarkable film made as part of one of the most inventive series of films made for young learners, the 20-part 'Inventive Child' series, distributed in North America by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. The film is an animated, non-narrated story about an extremely inventive boy, who develops a phonograph from materials found around the farm, beginning with a platter made from a pottery wheel...
|Marxism : the Theory That Split the World - George Kaczender|
Explores the theories of Karl Marx and how they evolved as the major ideology of one third of the world. The production examines the roots of Marxism and carefully discloses the contradiction between Marx's hopes and today's reality. For more on director George Kaczender, visit http://www.afana.org/kaczender.htm
|Evidence For the Ice Age - Stanley Croner|
This film examines many features of today's landscapes which cannot be explained by processes at work around them, and explains that observation of the work of modern glaciers establishes that these anomalies could only have been caused by a massive sheet of moving ice. It proposes the hypothesis that glacial ice moved south at least four times in geologic history, and that its shape and size correspond approximately with the distribution of glacial features...
Keywords: afana; ice age; glacier; geology
|Farmer-Fishermen - Ronald Craigen|
'Farmer-Fishermen' (1948) 15m, dir. Ronald Craigen. Narrated in the first-person, a boy's narration of fishing culture in Norway. The boy and father return to farm during warm months, and he and his sister tend flocks for the summer in a mountain hut, away from their parents. Many other adolescents do the same, making for great camaraderie in the mountains. Net mending, potato planting, weaving, etc...
|Doña Rosa: Potter of Coyotepec - Orville Goldner|
Beautiful color film on Doña Rosa de Nieto, from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, showing her making an olla, and firing her creations in an underground kiln.
Keywords: olla; Zapotec; Dona Rose de Nieto
|Nature as Reality - Johanna Alemann|
Illustrates the realistic concept of viewing and painting nature. Discusses how Durer, Breughel, Rubens, Constable, and Corot painted landscapes. Describes line, geometric shapes, and perspective. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Keywords: landscape painting; art
|La Tour Eiffel - Milan Herzog|
Lesson 81 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French languauge instruction series of 1961. This film contains magnificent shots of the Eiffel Tower and views of Paris. Producer Milan Herzog is seen briefly having a drink with a woman (believed to be his wife, Ronnie)at a table at 3:42. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Keywords: French language instruction; Eiffel Tower
|Rhinoceros - Jan Lenica|
A animated version of Ionesco’s tale, a play on the theme of conformity.
Keywords: animation; poland
Downloads: 4,967 (2 reviews)
|Death Valley - Paul Hoefler Productions|
A beautifully shot trip through the Death Valley of the late 1940s, including visits to the ghost town of Ryan, Zabriskie Point, the Harmony Borax Works, and Scotty's Castle.
Keywords: ryan; scotty's castle; harmony; borax; Zabriskie
Downloads: 4,533 (1 review)
|Introduction to Holography - Thomas G. Smith|
This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College.
Keywords: lasers; holography; science; optics
|Imaging the Hidden World: the Light Microscope - Bruce Russell|
To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible...
Keywords: biology; science; volvox; hydra; amoeba
Downloads: 10,845 (3 reviews)